CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

It takes a distinctive prowess and attention to detail to be a machinist. These skilled craftspersons use precision metal cutting and grinding machines to fabricate high-quality parts. They have a keen and intricate understanding of the tools required to measure, cut, drill, form, shape, grind and finish metal, plastic or similar materials.

In the Machinist program, you will learn not only how to produce parts based on engineered drawings, but also how to diagnose and address mechanical malfunctions. In a fast-paced mechanical world where industrial production is at the forefront of innovation, more businesses are relying on machinists to help maximize their overall performance and output.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    As a graduate of the Machinist program, the opportunities for employment are diverse. Machine shops of manufacturing or processing plants, railways, shipyards, refineries, pulp and paper mills, mines and smelters, and private metal working firms are all avenues you can pursue. Graduates are often called upon to produce parts based on engineered drawings, to diagnose malfunctions of production or industrial machinery, to produce the necessary parts or components to return these machines into production or to redesign them as a means of improving the performance of the machine.  A multitude of opportunities exists for specialists in this field.

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    Specific Considerations

    Key attributes for people entering this trade are: communication skills, mechanical aptitude, hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, an ability to work independently, and a clear understanding of mathematics and physics. Physical condition is important because the work often requires considerable standing and handling heavy objects.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • Workplace Safety Practices
    • Layout and Benchwork
    • Lathes
    • Saws and Drill Presses
    • Milling Machines
    • Grinders
    • Welding
    • Metallurgy
    • Mathematics
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Physics
    • Communication
    • Computerized Numerical Control (CNC)
    • Work Practicum

    Program Courses

    Course curriculum for this program is still under development. Once the courses have been finalized, they will be posted here. Courses are subject to change.

    NOC Codes

    7231 - Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
    7232 - Tool and die makers
    7316 - Machine fitters
    9417 - Machining tool operators

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